Case Law Update – Does a Distant City Have Standing to Allege County Engaged in “Contract Zoning”?

            Last week the N.C. Court of Appeals issued an opinion that ends a long-fought battle between two eastern North Carolina governments, a battle that has pre-occupied the media, the public, and elected officials for 2½ years. The case is Morgan, et. al. v. Nash County.              Full and complete disclosure: I was privileged to […]

Case Law Update – Vested Rights and Lousy Syntax

            Last week the Court of Appeals published an opinion (MNC Holdings v. Town of Matthews) that analyzed how to interpret poorly written zoning ordinances, especially when a citizen’s property and rights are on the line.               Full and complete disclosure: I was lead counsel for the prevailing party.   I have strong opinions about the […]

Cell Towers, Elections, Land Lines and Crystal Balls

            Swing state voters in 2012 – including the good people of North Carolina – got a taste of what it’s like to live in Iowa and New Hampshire every four years, and for most folks in my generation it wasn’t fun.  You see, folks my age still use land lines to make phone calls […]